For Gay Students, More Room on Campuses

After high-profile incidents, colleges improve resources, even as discrimination persists

On the ground floor of an unsought dormitory at the University of Rhode Island, in two conjoined rooms, dream catchers hang in a window, a rainbow flag on the wall. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students who spend so many hours here have wound Christmas lights around exposed pipes and piled a corner cabinet with board games and blankets. On a Wednesday afternoon, they kick off their shoes and sprawl out on shabby sofas.

"It's like our little home," says Matthew Silva, a